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CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2015 in Las Vegas

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Volkswagen Golf R Touch
• Gesture control is the key to the future
• CarPlay (Apple) and Android Auto (Google) coming on board this year
• Automated parking
• Inductive charging of electric vehicles

The future belongs to systematically networked vehicles operated with intuitive systems. It's therefore only fitting that Volkswagen is presenting the Golf R Touch at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (CES / January 6–9): The vehicle is the first compact model in the world whose control elements are operated using hand gestures. Whereas the Golf R Touch offers a preview of the medium-term future, the so-called Connected Golf presents fascinating solutions from the present day. For example, the vehicle allows for the incorporation of the completely different "MirrorLink™", "Android Auto" (Google), and "Car Play" (Apple) smartphone interfaces into the "App Connect" system. Plans call for "App Connect" to be launched in the U.S. and Europe in conjunction with the latest infotainment systems before the year is out.

With its Golf R Touch concept, Volkswagen is presenting in Las Vegas a vehicle that can precisely interpret hand gestures and convert them into commands. In other words, the technology makes it possible to control displays and functions by means of hand movements without having to touch a touchscreen. For example, a swipe gesture toward the windshield causes the sunroof to close, while the same movement in the opposite direction will open it. The seat adjustment feature in the model is just as clever. The result is a vehicle that enables humans and machines to function as an interactive unit.

The Connected Golf is the most effectively networked vehicle available today. The model's advanced interface management concept allows for the integration of a huge range of apps, smartphones, tablets, and smartwatches into its completely new-generation infotainment system (MIB II). The Connected Golf also contains a large number of additional innovations. For example, the navigation system automatically detects frequently traveled routes, such as the one taken to work every day, without having to be activated by the driver. It then issues warnings on possible traffic jams and suggests a less congested alternative route.

At this year's CES, Volkswagen is also presenting the next evolutionary stage of "Park Assist" in the form of "Trained Parking." This system enables the vehicle to scan a frequently traveled route to a parking space, store the data, and then repeatedly re-travel the route in a partially automated manner. In another innovation stage, it will also be possible to carry out this procedure by remote control. In this case, the driver could exit the vehicle on the way to the parking space stored in and recognized by the system, let the car continue driving in the partially automated mode, and monitor its progress via a remote control device or a smartphone. This will also enable automatic exiting from a parking space along the stored and trained route.

As a fourth highlight in Las Vegas, Volkswagen is presenting the e-Golf Intelligent Charge, which offers a preview of how electric vehicles will be charged inductively in the future. Plugs and cables are no longer needed for this model, which automatically docks above a charging plate.
Audi A7 piloted driving concept
• Audi hears the word
• From racetrack to road – piloted driving
• New cockpit architecture in the Audi Q7
A four-core processor processing eight billion operations per second. A virtual tachometer with a needle that is rendered anew 60 times per second to ensure absolutely fluid motion. 3D sound to match a concert hall and appearing to come from every direction, an Audi tablet as a multimedia control panel and simple wireless communication between your mobile devices and your car all demonstrate how diverse the future of the automobile is at Audi. All this and convenience, too: piloted parking and innovative Audi wireless charging (AWC) technology pave the way for electric mobility. A laser headlight shining ahead hundreds of feet and a car lapping the famous Hockenheim speedway at 240 km/h (149.1 mph) without a driver – Audi is a leading and driving force in all technology areas relating to electronics and electrics.
Audi drives forward networking of its models both inside and outside the car. At CES, Audi presents a wide range of innovations in the technology fields of controls and displays, infotainment, connectivity and lighting technology, in driver assistance systems and in piloted driving.
Audi's new hardware and software solutions are flexible and intelligent, and they provide added operating comfort. Take the new Audi TT (1)  and the new Audi Q7 (2) : here, all the driver needs to do is to issue the voice command "take me to the nearest Italian restaurant" and the navigation system immediately will display the corresponding route. This big SUV's new all-in-touch MMI will let the driver scroll and zoom as on a smartphone. Every entry will trigger a haptic feedback.
Audi connect, a rich portfolio of networked applications, also offers new solutions. In the new Audi Q7, the driver can use a smartphone to link up with the software environment of Apple Car Play and Android Auto. The system also provides the driver with access to Napster's and Aupeo!'s music worlds and to online updates of navigational maps. A virtual cockpit shows all of the car's displays in the Audi TT (standard) and the Audi Q7 (optional). This fascinating digital instrument combination boasts elaborate 3D graphics and animations as well as great scope for customization.
Driver assistance systems is another area where Audi opens a new chapter in the new Audi Q7. Solutions such as the Predictive Efficiency Assistant and adaptive cruise control including congestion assistant point the way towards upcoming piloted driving technology. The brand recently showed how much emotional appeal this can have when the driverless Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept raced around Hockenheim speedway, a Grand Prix circuit in Germany, at a top speed of 240 km/h (149.1 mph) making it the sportiest piloted car in the world.
To mark 2015 CES, an Audi A7 piloted driving concept will motor from Stanford in Silicon Valley to Las Vegas. The car's zFAS driver assistance controller will upload data collected during the journey to the Cloud where it will be processed, then transmitted back to the car, enabling the car to permanently expand its data repository and making it an intelligent and adaptive vehicle.
Four spectacular cars round off Audi's presence in Las Vegas. They are the standard TT Roadster (3) , RS 7 Sportback (4) and R8 LMX (5) as well as the Audi prologue piloted driving showcar, which was purpose-built for CES.
Audi electronic architecture

Fuel consumption of the standard models named above

1) Audi TT: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.5 – 4.2** (31.4 – 56.0 US
    mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 174 – 110** (280.0 – 177.0 g/mi)
2) Audi Q7: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 10.7 – 7.2** (22.0 – 32.7 US
mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 249 – 189** (400.7 – 304.2 g/mi)
3) Audi TT Roadster: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.5 – 4.2** (31.4 – 
    56.0 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 174 – 114** (280.0 – 183.5
4) Audi RS 7 Sportback: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.5** (24.8 US
    mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 221** (355.7 g/mi)
5) Audi R8 LMX: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.9 (18.2 US mpg);
    Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 299** (481.2 g/mi)

**The fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions of a vehicle vary due to the choice of
    wheels and tires. They not only depend on the efficient utilization of the fuel by the
    vehicle, but are also influenced by driving behavior and other non-technical factors.

Volkswagen at the CES 2015

• CES 2015 – Car and computer merge Gesture control and networking for a new age
  of mobility
• Golf R Touch: cockpit concept solves future challenges
• Connected Golf: perfect compatibility with MirrorLink, Apple and Google
• Intelligent Charge: e-Golf automatically docks above inductive charging plate
• Trained Parking: future Park Assist drives into garage semi-automatically
Volkswagen e-Golf - Perfect Parking
Ten key facts about Volkswagen innovations at CES:
  1. Golf R Touch offers intuitive operation of high-tech infotainment.
  2. Gesture control of Golf R Touch revolutionizes user operation.
  3. Volkswagen will introduce MirrorLink™, CarPlay (Apple) and Android Auto
      (Google) in the vehicle in 2015.
  4. Media Control integrates tablets and smartwatches into the Volkswagen
      infotainment system.
  5. Regular Routes is ideal for daily drives.
  6. Inductive charging will be an important component of electric mobility.
  7. Charge Check indicates the charge status by vehicle lights.
  8. e-Station Guide shows the way to the perfect charging station.
  9. Digital Key makes the smartphone a car key.
10. Trained Parking enables semi-automated parking.
Volkswagen Golf R Touch
• "The two inventions of the century, the car and the computer, are gradually
  converging. We need to design future mobility to be even more intelligent and
  networked." Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, CEO of Volkswagen AG, points out that
  the automotive industry found itself in the midst of historical turning point at the
  beginning of the 21st century. The car and the computer were merging. Volkswagen,
  Europe's most successful car brand, has been instrumental in driving this
  development. That is because the car – which operates intuitively, is networked 
  systematically, reacts intelligently and offers significantly greater convenience –
  gives new innovative impetus to mobile life, making it more communicative, safer
  and fascinating. This is why Volkswagen is demonstrating – with an entire fleet of
  vehicles at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (CES; January 6 – 9)
  – just how much the car and computer are already becoming intertwined today and
  will continue to grow together in the future. The main focus here is on four aspects.
  First, computer-driven drive systems. Second, app and smartphone integration.
  Third, intuitive vehicle operation. Fourth, autonomous and semi-autonomous driving.
First – computer-controlled drive systems. Electric mobility is coming into its
  own. Pure electric cars and plug-in hybrid vehicles are continually increasing their
  presence. The high production volume models have now arrived, and Volkswagen
  is setting the pace with best-sellers like the Golf. Driven exclusively by electric
  motors (as in the e-Golf), or by an alliance of a high-tech gasoline engine and
  electric motor (as in the Golf GTE plug-in hybrid). The e-Golf and Golf GTE are the
  protagonists of a new mobility. These cars would be inconceivable without on-
  board electronics with computers that control such functions as battery charging
  and, in the case of the hybrid models, switching between the different drive
  sources. At CES, Volkswagen is showing, among other things, how electric cars will
  be able to automatically dock to inductive charging stations and output signals that
  indicate the battery charge state using the vehicle's exterior lights. Everything
  computerdriven, of course.
Second – app and smartphone integration. It has now been eight years, to
  the month, since Apple introduced its first generation iPhone in San Francisco.
  Competitors followed, and the rest is history. The fact is that smartphones have
  irreversibly changed the way we communicate and our everyday lives. It has long
  been normal practice to have phones automatically connected to a car's hands-free
  telephone system via Bluetooth and to have the smartphones stream their media
  libraries into car infotainment and sound systems. But now Volkswagen is taking a
  significant step forward. Last year, the second generation "modular infotainment
  platform" (MIB II) was introduced. Along with the new radio and radio-navigation
  systems, MirrorLink™ was also made available for the first time; it is used to
  integrate the apps and operating layout of numerous Android smartphones into
  cars (including Samsung, HTC, LG and Sony). Later this year, the MIB II will be
  making its debut in the USA. At the same time as MirrorLink™ is introduced, two
  other interfaces will also be launched under the App Connect label: CarPlay (Apple)
  and Auto Android (Google). This will result in app integration for the key operating
  systems. App Connect will significantly expand the range of today's Volkswagen
  online services. Just as it launches in the USA, CarPlay and Auto Android will also
  be launched by Volkswagen onthe European market.
Third – intuitive operation. In the future, the mobile computer, i.e. the car, will
  not only merge with the mobile world; it will also integrate people into its operating
  concept more ideally than ever. Here, Volkswagen is following a consistent strategy
  of implementing user operation by touchscreen. Today, and in the future, the car
  will be adapted more than ever to people by recognizing their movements – via
  control based on proximity sensors and gesture recognition. Today, the latest
  infotainment systems by Volkswagen can already detect the approach of a hand
  with proximity sensors. Thanks to proximity sensors, the display automatically
  switches over from a purely informative level to a more varied menu with optimally
  sized controls. In the next revolutionary step – which Volkswagen is presenting in
  the Golf R Touch concept vehicle at the 2015 CES – the infotainment unit will
  precisely detect hand gestures via camera and understand them. Gesture control
  will make it possible to control, in real space, displays and controls in virtual space
  without having to touch a touchscreen. This benefits convenience and safety,
  because it further reduces driver distractions while operating controls. At this
  point, it is clear that the car and computer can no longer be viewedas separate
  from one another. The car and computer are one.
Fourth – autonomous and semi-autonomous driving. Clearly, cars of the
  future will need to be able to drive certain route segments autonomously if
  necessary. Either fully autonomously or semi-autonomously, and this will be
  introduced step by step. Even today, Park Assist by Volkswagen enables semi-
  automated parking and exiting from parking spaces. The car executes the entire
  steering process for the parking maneuver fully independently. At CES, Volkswagen
  is now presenting another evolutionary stage of Park Assist: Trained Parking. Here,
  the car scans a frequently driven path to a parking space via camera, and from that
  point on it executes the path semi-automatically by computer control. In another
  evolutionary stage, it will be possible to have the car parked without the driver
  even needing to be present in the vehicle. The driver would maintain control over
  the car via smartphone.
Volkswagen highlights at the 2015 CES:
Golf R Touch

Volkswagen Golf R Touch
• Volkswagen is equipping its show car in Las Vegas with the controls of tomorrow.
  The high-performance of its computers, the brilliance of today's displays and the
  recognition of precise human gestures are merging into a new interface generation
  here. In the Golf R Touch concept vehicle, Volkswagen is presenting, for the first
  time, an infotainment system that incorporates gesture control as a consistent
  next development step that is based on current thinking in the area of intuitive
  control. All it takes is a hand movement in the space in front of the infotainment
  display of the Golf to make human and machine interact as one. Volkswagen is
  thereby extending touchscreen operation into a third dimension.

• The development team for the Golf R Touch pursued the goal of developing an
  interior and infotainment concept that would fulfill seemingly contradictory 
  requirements. Despite the continually growing complexity and numbers of functions,
  this concept was intended to reduce driver distractions while attaining a maximum
  of personalization and intuitive operation in the car. A vehicle was created in which
  nearly all controls are implemented via touchscreens and sensor switches.
  Therefore, the Golf R Touch is equipped with three displays: the 12.8-inch high-
  resolution touchscreen of the infotainment system, a Control Center (8.0-inch
  with touch feedback) arranged beneath it to control vehicle, climate control and
  media functions as well as an Active Info Display (digitalized instruments, 12.3-inch).
  The layouts of the central touch screen and the Active Info Display can be
  customized rapidly, just as on a smartphone or tablet home screen today. The
  same is true of the entire color staging in the interior.

Connected Golf

Volkswagen e-Golf Intelligent Charge - Digital Key

• At the 2015 CES in Las Vegas, Volkswagen is showing maximum networking of the
  car of today in the form of the Connected Golf. This e-Golf, which is equipped with
  the latest generation (MIB II) infotainment system, incorporates an enormous range
  of apps, smartphones and tablets via its progressive interface management system.
  The umbrella brand for all online-based functionality is Volkswagen Car-Net; its
  various features and applications are organized into several clusters. In the USA, for
  example, they are Travel Link, e-Remote, Safe & Secure and from now on App
  Connect. All of these clusters are implemented in the Connected Golf. A look at
  today's App Connect is particularly exciting. As noted above, Volkswagen is one of
  the first carmakers to integrate the vast majority of smartphone operating systems
  in models like the Golf based on App Connect. The three underlying software
  interfaces of App Connect are Mirror Link™, Android Auto (Google) and CarPlay
  (Apple). Via these interfaces, the driver and passengers in the car are able to
  use the many different apps of their smartphones over the infotainment system.

• Beyond the applications of Volkswagen Car-Net, the Connected Golf is equipped with
  many other innovations. For example, Media Control enables the integration of
  tablets and smartwatches into the infotainment system. Media Control uses a special
  app that creates a rear seat entertainment system of a new era. Regular Routes is
  the name of a function by which the navigation system automatically detects – i.e.
  without needing to be activated by the driver – traffic disturbances on the daily
  commute to work, for instance, and it autonomously suggests an available
  alternative route. Parking Guide is another ingenious navigation feature. It embodies
  a technology that finds parking sites that have a high probability of available parking
e-Golf Intelligent Charge

Volkswagen e-Golf Intelligent Charge - Digital Key

• This year, Volkswagen launched one of the world's first high production volume
  electric cars on the American market in the form of the e-Golf – a zero-emission
  vehicle with a range of up to 83 miles, optimal all-round characteristics and high-
  tech equipment. In Las Vegas, Volkswagen is now presenting Intelligent Charge
  in the e-Golf; it illustrates how electric cars will be used even more conveniently
  in the future. A key theme here: over the mid-term it will be possible to offer
  inductive charging as an alternative to cable-based charging. In this type of
  charging, the car is parked over a charging plate. In the future, it will be
  possible to see in just seconds whether the battery is still being charged, or
  whether it is already fully charged by looking at the vehicle's exterior lights. The
  e-Station Guide will not only assist the electric car drivers in finding a desired
  charging station. They will also be informed about their location and charging
  equipment as well as payment options. As an additional function, the Digital Key
  – an electronic vehicle key – is implemented in this Golf. This feature lets third
  parties use a smartphone or smartwatch to temporarily and safely gain access
  to the vehicle and to start or stop the engine.
e-Golf Perfect Parking

Volkswagen e-Golf - Trained Parking

• Park Assist from Volkswagen automatically guides the car into parallel and
  perpendicular parking spaces (in reverse) and can also automatically exit parallel
  parking spaces. First Volkswagen models will also be able to automatically park
  into perpendicular parking spaces in a forward direction. When parking or exiting
  a parking space, the system assists the driver by autonomously making optimal
  movements of the steering wheel to stay on the ideal line. At CES, Volkswagen
  is now introducing an advanced evolutionary stage of Park Assist known as
  Trained Parking. Here the car (an e-Golf) uses a camera – mounted in the base
  of the rear-view mirror – to scan a frequently used path into a parking space,
  and from then on the parking process is executed semi-automatically and highly
  precisely by sensors and computer. In the future, it will of course also be possible
  to semi-automatically park above a station for inductive charging. In another
  evolutionary stage, plans call for the driver no longer needing to stay in the car
  during parking. The driver would just monitor the operation of parking or exiting
  a parking space with a smartphone as a "remote control" device.
Volkswagen e-Golf - Perfect Parking
Fuel consumption of the standard models named above

1) Volkswagen e-Golf - Energy consumption in kWh/100 km: combined 12.7; CO2
    emissions combined in g/km: 0; efficiency class: A+
2) Volkswagen Golf GTE – Fuel consumption in l/100 km: combined 1.5; CO2
    emissions combined in g/km: 35; efficiency class: A+

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Audi at the CES 2015

"Next chapter" is the motto for Audi's presence at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from January 6th through 9th, 2015. At this most important electronics fair in the world, Audi, the brand with the four rings, will present its available technology and its projects for tomorrow.
Audi Q7 - virtual cockpit

Audi's CES presence is centered on the car's communication with its surroundings. Focus topics include piloted driving, new Audi connect solutions, new infotainment modules, control and display concepts and new developments in lighting technology. Among the highlights of Audi's CES presence are the hybrid-powered Audi prologue piloted driving showcar and the interior model of the new Audi Q7, itself debuting at the Detroit auto show.

"Digitalization and networking in all areas are the megatrends of the present," says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, board member for technical development at AUDI AG. "The car is becoming a mobile device on four wheels. Connectivity is the key to the future and a crucial area of our development work. We have continually pioneered the use of electronic technologies for years now." 

Extremely convenient: driver assistance system and piloted driving

Audi R7 piloted driving

Driver assistance systems make driving more pleasant, safer and more efficient. They are available in almost all of Audi's model lines. Debuting in the Audi Q7, to be launched in 2015, are groundbreaking solutions such as the Predictive Efficiency Assistant, the Trailer Assistant and adaptive cruise control including a congestion assistant.

For the company's next big step, Audi will introduce its new technologies for piloted driving before the end of this decade. These can take over driving in certain situations if the driver wishes them to do so. Audi has been performing pioneering work in this area for years and shown how thrilling piloted driving can be. In October 2014, the Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept lapped the Grand Prix circuit at Hockenheim at speeds up to 240 km/h (149.1 mph) with no driver on board, making it the sportiest piloted driving car in the world.

Audi has presented its solutions for piloted driving and driving in congested areas at CES in previous years. Now, in time for 2015 CES, the brand sets another milestone with the Audi A7 piloted driving concept featuring a wide range of standard and close-to-standard sensors, which will drive from Stanford in Silicon Valley via Bakersfield to Las Vegas.

Contributing to Audi's edge in piloted driving is the central driver assistance controller (zFAS), which processes information gathered by the sensors to create a detailed impression of the car’s surroundings. Audi connect's superfast online connection will route this data to a Cloud-based IT backend. There, the data will be processed using machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence before it is transmitted back to the car. The car thus continually expands its intelligence as it drives, ceaselessly improving its performance in complex situations. At the same time, other users of this technology can also benefit from this accumulation of information.

Farsighted: Audi's lighting innovations

Audi R8 LMX - lighting innovations

Audi has been a leader in automobile lighting technology for years. Groundbreaking innovations available in several current model lines include matrix LED headlights for intelligent and flexible illumination of the road surface as well as dynamic turning signals.

Another world first is the laser highbeam available in Audi's high-end R8 LMX edition model. Its range is more than 500 feet. At CES, Audi will introduce Audi Matrix laser technology as the next step, a laser light providing high-resolution and finely tuned illumination of the roadway ahead. Another innovation is construction area lighting. This projects two markedly bright light strips onto the road, thus visualizing the car's width.

Attractive and intuitive: controls and displays in the TT and the Q7

Clear and intuitive operation has always been a strength of Audi. At CES, the brand will show the most recent advances in control and display technology as available in the new Audi TT and the upcoming Audi Q7.

One highlight is the Audi virtual cockpit. This fully-digital combined instrument provides the driver with minutely rendered, brilliant 3D graphics of all information and offers different display modes to choose from on its 12.3-inch TFT monitor. Audi virtual cockpit is powered by the T 30 graphics processor made by Audi’s cooperation partner NVDIA.

Audi will also present innovations in control technology The TT and the new Q7 will feature MMI terminals with an all-new interface logic. This will emulate the concept of modern smartphones, where flat hierarchies replace sprawling menu trees.

Four elements: the traditional push-turn knob, the multifunction steering wheel, natural voice operation accommodating everyday speech, and a touchpad accepting signs and multi-finger gestures, are available to control the system's numerous functions, which include telephone, radio, media and navigation. In the Audi TT, the MMI all-in-touch's interface is on the knob, while in the Audi Q7, it is a separate surface. The system provides haptic feedback after every entry.

All-round networking: Audi connect

Audi Q7 - virtual cockpit

The term Audi connect covers all applications and developments networking the car with its owner, the Internet, public infrastructure and other automobiles. This is another field of technology where Audi continually expands its lead.

A central hardware element, the Audi connect module, connects the car with the internet via LTE, the fastest available transmission standard. The car's passengers can connect their mobile devices to a WLAN hotspot, which also provides the driver with customized online in-car services from the Audi connect portfolio. One of the innovations in this area is Online Media Streaming, which offers access to Napster and Aupeo! music services, and online updating of the navigational map. 

Additional services will be available in the new Audi Q7, among them the Audi smartphone interface. Depending on whether a customer connects an iOS or an Android device, the interface will call up the Apple Car Play or Android Auto platform onto the car's MMI monitor. At the core of the offering is an enormous selection of music titles. In addition, both platforms provide navigation and messaging functions and appointment reminders. 

Future car-to-X technologies are another key element of Audi connect. These will enable Audi models to interact with traffic lights in a city to navigate traffic faster and more efficiently. Another solution will permit cashless payment in a parking garage or at a kerbside meter, a third one will identify speed limits and spot dangers and also relay the corresponding information to other cars. 

Another innovation presented by Audi at CES is the Audi mobile key. Here, a smartphone or a smartwatch provides access to the vehicle, making them highly flexible complements to existing keys. The mobile key uses Near Field Communication (NFC), which is available even when the mobile device's battery is empty.

Powered by NVIDIA: infotainment 

Audi Q7 - Infotainment

At CES, Audi will be showing attractive innovations in infotainment. One of these can be seen in the Audi phone box in the new Q7, which permits easy pairing of a smartphone. It can now inductively charge compatible phones under the Qi standard.

Another first is 3D sound. In the new Audi Q7, the premium sound systems from Bose and Bang & Olufsen integrate additional speakers which open up height as a spatial dimension. A sophisticated algorithm extracts information for the third dimension from conventional stereo or 5.1 recordings and processes it for reproduction via the speaker array. 

Audi to set new standards in infotainment with its Modular Infotainment Matrix and its technology network. The brand's revolutionary approach involving a modularized electronic architecture brings Audi’s development cycles closer to those in the fast-paced consumer electronics business.

2012 saw the debut of the Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB) with an NVIDIA T 20 chip as its heart in the Audi A3. A mere one-and-a-half years later, the MIB’s second stage has been deployed in the Audi TT and in the new Audi A6 and A7 Sportback. Again, an NVIDIA processor plays a key role. The T 30 is a quad-core chip running a 3D graphic program from specialist software manufacturer. Rightward to render brilliant graphics on two displays simultaneously. Thanks to the matrix' modular structure, Audi can keep it continuously up-to-date and quickly integrate attractive innovations from consumer electronics.

Another chip from NVIDIA, the Tegra 4, powers the Audi tablet debuting in the new Q7. With an active 10.1-inch display, the Audi tablet's will provide mobile rear-seat entertainment. In the car, the tablet will connect itself to the on-board infotainment and navigation system via WLAN. What is special about the Audi tablet is that it has been expressly designed for use in the car. This means it is both high-class and robust. Of course, it can also be used on a WLAN outside the car.

Audi as driving force: electronic architecture

To expand its lead in hardware, Audi set up the Progressive Semi Conductor Program (PSCP) in late 2010. Under the program, Audi directly involves not just its system suppliers but also semiconductor makers. It is a key factor for future innovations. 

As in hardware, so Audi develops solutions of its own in software – a task falling mainly to e.solutions GmbH, a subsidiary.

In vehicle electrics, Audi has developed a new, scalable architecture, the 48 volt onboard partial network. It will soon complement conventional 12 volt networks and permit deployment of new high-performance electric components. These will include an electric compressor as a supplementary turbocharger or an extra-strong generator capable of recuperating a higher amount of kinetic energy and, when used as a motor, transforming the car’s powertrain into an efficient mild hybrid. 

Future power: electromobility – charging without a cable 

Audi A3 e-tron

Under the name e-tron, Audi resolutely advances the electrification of the powertrain. One of many aspects in this is contactless charging of all- or part-electric e-tron models. Audi is putting great effort into induction-based supply of energy, known as Audi wireless charging (AWC).

The brand has developed a power matrix offering numerous options so as to provide each customer with a solution filling his or her precise needs. Approaches range from a 48-volt onboard network to plug-in hybrid powertrains. These marry the advantages of a combustion engine with those of electric traction, providing the customer with long range, power and efficiency all at the same time. 

The launch of the A3 Sportback e-tron in 2014 was Audi’s successful entrance into plug-in hybrid technology. This will now be swiftly rolled out across the model range, with the medium and top segment next in line. A new e-tron model is set for introduction every year. At the same time, Audi is working on purely-electric vehicles with high-capacity batteries and powerful motors requiring no compromises in terms of range and usability. 

A look into the future: Audi models at CES

Audi RS 7 quattro

Four spectacular cars round off Audi's presence in Las Vegas. They are the TT Roadster, RS 7 Sportback and R8 LMX production models as well as the Audi prologue piloted driving showcar which was purpose-built for CES. 

The showcar expresses progressive technology in its entire character. Its brightly lit interior fuses the car's architecture with the display and control concept to create a novel unit. The entire front of the instrument is executed as a three-part touch display. Add to this an innovative, ultrathin and flexible OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display.

The showcar's hybrid powertrain has a muscular 4.0 TFSI working together with a powerful e-motor. System power output of 505 kW (677 hp) and a combined torque of both engines of 950 Nm (700.7 lb-ft) enable the Audi prologue piloted driving to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.5 seconds. Its CO2 emissions are 185 g/km (297.7 g/mi).
Fuel consumption of the standard models named above

Audi TT: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.5 – 4.2* (31.4 – 56.0 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 174 – 110* (280.0 – 177.0 g/mi)

Audi TT Roadster: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.5 – 4.2* (31.4 – 56.0 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 174 – 114* (280.0 – 183.5 g/mi)

Audi Q7: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 10.7 – 7.2* (22.0 – 32.7 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 249 – 189* (400.7 – 304.2 g/mi)

Audi A7 Sportback: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.5 – 4.7* (24.8 – 50.1 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 221 – 122* (355.7 – 196.3 g/mi)

Audi RS 7 Sportback: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.5* (24.8 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 221** (355.7 g/mi)

Audi R8 LMX: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 12.9 * (18.2 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 299* (481.2 g/mi)

Audi A3: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.3 – 3.2*; (28.3 - 73.5 US mpg) Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 194 – 35* (312.2 – 56.3 g/mi)

Audi A6: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.6 – 4.2* (24.5 – 56.0 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 224 – 109 (360.5– 175.4 g/mi)*

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron: Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 1.7 – 1.5* (138.4 – 156.8 US mpg);
Combined electricity consumption in Wh/km: 124 – 114*; Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 39 – 35 (62.8 – 56.3 g/mi)*

*The fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions of a vehicle vary due to the choice of wheels and tires. They not only depend on the efficient utilization of the fuel by the vehicle, but are also influenced by driving behavior and other non-technical factors.

Features and technical data of production models apply to models offered in Germany. They may differ in other countries.

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